TURN YOUR PASSION INTO A JOB!
Admissions to the Bachelor’s animation competition are open to students who have completed their final year of high school or who hold a Baccalaureate, regardless of their high school diploma.
The competition consists of a general and specialized culture test, three creativity tests and an oral motivation test where the candidate supports his/her file with the help of his/her portfolio. The deadline for registering for the competition is midnight on February 9, 2022. An official invitation will be sent to you at the latest 8 days before the competition. The results of the competition will be sent by e-mail on March 15, 2022.
If your application is accepted, you will have to fill in your registration form within the time limit announced in the email (about two weeks), otherwise your place will be offered to a candidate placed on the waiting list.
SESSIONS OF CHOICE
➔ Thursday, February 17, 2022 (in person)
➔ Friday, February 18, 2022 (online)
➔ Thursday, February 24, 2022 (online)
➔ Friday, February 25, 2022 (in person)
The motivational interview will be conducted remotely, at a later date than the written tests. You will be contacted again when the invitation is sent to define a date together.
High school senior (any field of study)
120€ in Early Bird (before the 31st december)
UNDERSTAND THE TESTS WELL
QCM OF GENERAL AND SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE (+ LOGIC)
ANIMATION 3D : 30 MINUTES | COEFFICIENT 9%
ANIMATION 2D : 30 MINUTES | COEFFICIENT 10%
The test aims to evaluate your open-mindedness and curiosity rather than your erudition. A general culture section will focus on different themes such as current events, politics, geography, history, art, sports… A specialized culture section will focus on the animation sector in the broadest sense. Logic questions will test the candidate’s logical abilities, i.e., his or her ability to draw logical conclusions from the various problems presented (3D animation only).
To succeed in this test, we encourage you to cultivate yourself as much as possible and to broaden your interests. It is also necessary to deepen your interest in animation by understanding the industry in its entirety: history, professions, names of studios, major film productions, names of directors, important events in the industry (e.g. Annecy Festival)… Especially since these same themes can be addressed during the individual interview.
CREATIVITY TEST 1: OBSERVATION DRAWING
ANIMATION 3D : 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES | COEFFICIENT 17%
ANIMATION 2D : 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES | COEFFICIENT 10%
The test is designed to assess your ability to faithfully reproduce a still life. Observation is a complex process that requires daily practice. To practice, we recommend that you regularly reproduce everyday objects and (if possible) take drawing classes. In observation, technique is as important as the eye. Think of your hand as an extension of your eyes and check that each element is consistent with what you see. A successful observation drawing must respect the frame, the proportions of the object drawn, the perspective, the details…
CREATIVITY TEST 2: CREATIVE DRAWING
ANIMATION 3D : 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES | COEFFICIENT 17%
ANIMATION 2D : 2 HOURS | COEFFICIENT 20%
The test aims to evaluate your ability to translate an emotion, an idea, a concept, a state of mind into a drawing, using your imagination. To develop your creative drawing, you can create animals, objects, characters by letting your imagination run wild. Illustrating your readings / listening to music is also a particularly rich way to develop your creativity, to produce images related to words and emotions.
CREATIVITY TEST 3: STORYTELLING THROUGH IMAGES
ANIMATION 3D : 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES | COEFFICIENT 17%
ANIMATION 2D : 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES | COEFFICIENT 20%
This Animation exam aims to evaluate your ability to create a short story based on a brief and to propose a storyboard, which implies the construction of a universe, settings, characters… We advise you to immerse yourself in the techniques of narration and storyboarding, to work on your creative drawing (charadesign) and to develop your narrative skills.
MOTIVATION INTERVIEW + PORTFOLIO
⌛ 20 MINUTES | COEFFICIENT 40%
The motivation interview aims to evaluate your creative potential and to measure your interest in the animation sector. This special moment is based on the presentation of a portfolio. It is also an opportunity to show the jury members your personality, your desires, your level of commitment to what you are passionate about and the « why » behind your application. Your interests can help you stand out from other candidates, especially if they are reflected in your portfolio. Finally, we take advantage of this exchange to evaluate your oral English level.
The test is eliminatory if the candidate obtains a mark below the average.
L’entretien de motivation sera effectué à distance à une date ultérieure que celle des épreuves écrites. Vous serez recontacté lors de l’envoi de la convocation pour définir ensemble d’une date.
Exemples de Portfolio :
HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE EXAM?
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BUILD YOUR FILE
To register, you will need to upload an official size photo of yourself. You will also need to enter a cover letter with your interests. Make sure you have written them down beforehand.
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CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT
Go to the registration form and follow the instructions. Your registration will be effective only after validation and payment of the exam fees. An official invitation will be sent to you at the latest 8 days before the exam.
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PASS THE EXAM
On the day of the exam, you will need to bring your invitation and your identity card. At the interview, present your portfolio and your last three report cards. For the tests, bring your pens and drawing materials. Paper is provided by the school.
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Is there a difference between the 2D and 3D exams?
The exams are similar in content but the subjects are different. The jury’s appreciation of the student’s mastery of drawing will differ according to the course of study chosen by the student.
Can I take both the 2D and 3D exams?
Yes, it is possible to take the 2D Animation and 3D Animation exams.
Can I take the same exam more than once?
A candidate who has failed the exam may retake it the following year, subject to the age limit for registration (24 years).
Do we have to bring our own equipment?
Candidates for the exam must bring their own drawing materials. The paper is provided by the school for the various exams (if the exam is held in person).
What are the conditions of reimbursement?
You have a legal period of 14 days from the date of your payment to change your mind about your remote purchase (exam registration, stay, …). To exercise your right of withdrawal, please contact RUBIKA on email@example.com.
How many students are accepted at RUBIKA?
➔ 48 students in Bachelor 1 3D Animation (2 classes)
➔ 48 students in Bachelor 1 2D Animation (2 classes)
➔ 24 students in Bachelor 1 3D Animation International class (1 class)
How many people take the exam?
Approximately 800 candidates take the exam, all fields of study included.
Are there any exam annals?
Unfortunately, RUBIKA does not offer any exams. However, here is a selection of books that will help you progress:
- Michael Hampton – Figure drawing
- Terryl Whitlatch – Animals, Real and imagined
- Scott Robertson – How to draw sketches and environments
- Richard William – Animation Techniques
- Stephen Silver – The Silver way – Techniques, Tips and Tutorials
You can also check out these websites:
What are the expectations for the portfolio?
There is no particular formalism expected for the portfolio but a great expectation on the variety, the quantity and the quality of the works presented (anatomical drawings, observation drawings, perspectives, creations of characters, sceneries, …), possibly one (or several) sketchbook(s) and other paper or digital realizations, in 2D, 3D or other techniques.
In the case of a very rich content, it is advisable to make a pre-selection in order to be sure to show the work most representative of the level already acquired. The rest of the work will be made available to the examiner who will be able to consult it during the exchange.
Here is an example of a portfolio which we invite you to get as close as possible:
How can I best prepare myself?
➔ Draw every day: you can easily produce one drawing a day … Creative or observational, it doesn’t matter but draw!
➔ Educate yourself: watch movies, news reports, read books, … This will feed your imagination and creativity!
➔ Inform yourself about the jobs and techniques related to the field you want to take!
There are also Stays of Preparation for the exam to approach the exam at best.